PRESS RELEASE 

Friday, July 7, 2017                                                                 Contact: Amy Belcher 334-240-7126


Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries Conducting Asian Citrus Psyllid Survey 

Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) will conduct  citrus surveys in the Wiregrass region, July 10-13, 2017.  Plant Protection Inspectors with their ADAI credentials and safety vests will be driving vehicles with State of Alabama signage as they conduct the surveys. The counties included in the survey are Dale, Coffee, Geneva, Houston, and Henry.

Inspectors will be checking citrus trees in neighborhoods for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an insect that transmits a serious citrus disease.  Inspectors will not enter backyards without the homeowner’s permission.   

The ACP is a known vector of citrus greening disease, also called Huanglongbing (HLB). The ACP is present in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. If psyllids are found in nurseries or residences, the insects will be tested for citrus greening.

Officials ask for the public’s help in locating citrus plants. It is vital to collect and test ACP to determine if citrus greening disease is present in the region. These surveys help ADAI better prevent the entry and spread of this and other citrus diseases.

For more information about citrus health, visit the USDA website www.SaveOurCitrus.org

Contact Brittaney Allen, Alabama Department of Agriculture Survey Coordinator at Brittaney.Allen@agi.alabama.gov with any questions concerning the survey.